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Evangeline, Calistoga

tom246 | Feb 13, 201503:16 PM

From the people who brought you Solage and Sol Bar, Evangeline has only been open for a couple weeks. Billed as a "casual French Biastro with a Creole soul" it occupies the space that was Wappo's (and others).

Had a good dinner there last night, there were some service issues but overall the food was tasty, well prepared and reasonable.
First off, the patio at Evangeline is simply gorgeous. It is very large, tables well spaced and there are an assortment of heaters (above and below) for chilly nights. Eating out there is the way to go, the restaurant is quite small inside and cramped. That patio is very inviting.

Started with SALADE MAISON, bibb lettuce, fines herbes, easter egg radish. Also had DUCK RILLETTES, pepper jelly, toast. Both were very good, the salad was dressed perfectly, not too heavily which can easily happen.
Entrees were POULET GRAND-MERE, grandma’s roast chicken, whipped potatoes, chicken jus, root vegetables. A very large portion, crispy skin, tender juicy chicken. Other entree was POISSON EAU FOU, petrale sole in white wine broth with tomatoes, capers, fresh marjoram and lemon. A more modest portion but delicious and a broth which was being devoured with the spoon provided :).

Service to this point was leisurely but not a problem at all as we were relaxing on that patio. We ordered a TARTE TATIN with vanilla bean ice cream that took longer than normal but it let us enjoy another glass of wine. When it arrived our server insisted that it be comped. It was not our choice but certainly appreciated.
Corkage on the first bottle of wine you bring in is free which adds to the already good value. 2012 Skewis Pinot Noir was delicious.
I would like to see even more Creole, Cajun, Nawlins influence to the menu but Evangeline is off to a good start.

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